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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 10, 2009 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: help me with GD archive work, please?

I'm bored, trying to keep busy. I'm improving my website. I'm touching up my Grateful Dead web page
I am trying to put some extra archival purpose to it, and polish it up - just a little bit. Nothing fancy.
This web page is part of my taper collection. The top of the GD page fulfills that role.
My web pages feature the bands and players, and a crude attempt to provide a simple archival summary.

here is my GD web page
I could use your help. "I know nuzzing."
What else should we put here? As an archivist, I am very picky. I can live with it now the way it is.
I'm trying to keep this list tight and very short, right?
I sincerely and deeply apologize to you, if your suggestion doesn't get put on my web page.
Thanks for helping, and watching my back.
I have never read any of their books. A complete list perhaps? Best interviews maybe? What's Important?
Please keep this list internet-related -- yes, you agree?
LiA, I thank you. I may have missed something important.
I'd probably prefer some really great LINKS... anyone?

My opinion -- please help me from letting the list below get too much longer. Thanks for your help!
If you think it's done - put a fork in it, I'd like to hear from you.

This is my GD archival content "short list."
Jerry Garcia's guitar history
Sound System and The Crew
Alembic technical notes
Grateful Dead photo slide show '71 to '74
Grateful Dead acoustic sets 1969 - 1970
Grateful Dead guest appearances 1967 - 1975
Grateful Dead tape collection on The Internet Archive
Grateful Dead Betty Boards archive
The Allmans and The Dead connections
Hendrix and the Dead

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 11, 2009 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics Site

Monte -

Here's a link to David Dodd's site for your consideration. Not sure if there are restrictions on hanging this link on your site.


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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics Site

I had this one in mind and fluffed it. Should be a regular thread feature here, with pop quizzes. Good one!

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 10, 2009 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

The best book I've read to date regarding the Gd is one called "Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead" by David Gans and Peter Simon great inside stories. The best part about it is it was writen while Jerry was still alive.
"The American Book of the Dead" by Oliver Trager looks full of nuggets (have not read it yet, but plan to)
Good Luck Dead head Monte Peace

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 11, 2009 2:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

Well, I do have a site with my posts - http://deadessays.blogspot.com -
but I'm glad to see my posts linked to, that's what they're for. (I wonder what "Hendrix & the Dead" got picked for though, it's not really archival?)

Perhaps if something was to be added, it could be a mention of the Dead's anti-taping stance in their early days, as you found in '73:
I think it's worth reminding folks that the 6-10-73 AUD recording (and all the early auds) did not come from some hassle-free Taper's Section!

As for books, I'd agree it's not really necessary to mention them on a website. But for interesting reads, aside from the ones mentioned, #1 is Conversations with the Dead (by David Gans) which is full of great interviews, and #2 is Blair Jackson's biography of Garcia (which is actually a better band bio than McNally's, since he talks more about the music). (On the other hand, Greenfield's Dark Star oral biography of Garcia concentrates mostly on the drug addiction & personal issues.)
There are also the Deadhead Taping Compendiums, four volumes which are as archival & essential as you can find in print (although they're out of print, a bit out-of-date, and sometimes the reviewers are off the mark, but usually more informed than your average Archive review).

As for a recommended website, www.deadlists.com is a MUST link. Perhaps Noah Weiner's blog about various Dead shows (mostly AUDs) that he likes, though that's more of a personal site than an archival thing, but it does have some discussion of early tapers, the old-style trading system, and the whole AUD-tape mystique.

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2009-09-11 09:48:10

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 11, 2009 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

Thanks, Heads. DeadLists is right-on. Good call. Done. Hendrix-Dead link removed. Agreed, not really archival.

Just saw Earl's suggestion. Good one. Done. my GD updated web page

Anti-Taper page? I like it. I would appreciate your help, or some good ideas from you guys, please. I could use a good list of Taper names, and links to their pics. Jerry Moore is done, unless it's something important. I would prefer to not have it all about Jerry Moore, or any single taper - if this is possible. I am very proud to discuss: briefly, why notable early AUDs are stellar, the anti-taper challenges and policies, and a few of the incredible AUDs (very short list of these?) whose amazing sound fidelity blows away the SBDs, and maybe a note about GD forming the 1st-ever Taper Section (circa 1985?)

An Anti-Taper page could be alot of fun, and very interesting. I can put the new link to this new web page on my "short list." I'll need the link to that Taper Interview audio track w/ Jerry Moore and ?? Where is this interview located, please? I've seen it, and listened to it. It would be so cool, I think, if the anti-taper page includes a techie spin and a bit about Taping Gear. I would do nearly anything for a PIC of the Sony TC 110 portable cassette recorder (circa spring 1973). THIS is a huge challenge. I have spent many hours and many times looking for it and cannot find this pic.

A quick thought about the books and/or interviews. Maybe, one single link on my short list - say, "best books / best interviews" - might hold some future promise and hope. Again, I'd need to create this page too and make a good list.

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Sep 11, 2009 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

I just want to applaude your efforts on your website. I am late to this thread so my suggestion might have been covered by Earl and Mando's input, i.e. deaddisc and Dodds websites. The lyricist's, especially Hunter, deserve a special place, imho.
Good you included the Owsley section, integral.
Thanks again Monte.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 11, 2009 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

Monte: My belief is that the best intent is to offer a usable reference for newbies to the most knowledgeable. If that's the case no site would be complete without a link to the Grateful dead discography. This site really can illustrate how wide reaching our boys were in many types of media.

check it out, get lost for a day, a really amazing material source...and kept fairly well up to date.


This post was modified by Earl B. Powell on 2009-09-11 14:27:22

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 10, 2009 11:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

Besides the great books already suggested, I would also recommend "Garcia- A Signpost To New Space". Great title! The words were Jerry's. These were two epic interviews Jerry did for Rolling Stone magazine in 1971. They were published together in this book in what is possibly the best Jerry Garcia interview I have ever read. Definitive stuff.

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Poster: ganges Date: Sep 10, 2009 10:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

2 more good books, thanks for what you're doing, you're site looks great already! All the best for your efforts.

http://www.amazon.com/Searching-Sound-Life-Grateful-Dead/dp/0316009989 (I really enjoyed Phil's book)


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Poster: West Cumberland Blues Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

You could possibly expand on the visual history.

"Jim Anderson photographed The Grateful Dead from the 30th of June 1974, up to the last show in Chicago, 9th of July 1995"


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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 11, 2009 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

thank you very, very much Mando and WC Blues. and what Earl said - got me thinking. 2 seconds later I thought to myself, "Owsley!"

updated Grateful Dead page

I'm thinking, for the new anti-Taper page -- we can fill in some gaps:

1) top section - taper pics w/ names
2) mid section - taper equipment section - analog gear - reel-to-reel and cassette portables
3) bottom section - that pic of Charlie with Donna Jean, followed by pics/names such as: Hunter Seamons, Kevin Tobin, Chris Chappell... I can always use your great help. Thanks.

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 11, 2009 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: help me with GD archive work, please?

there's also:-

"Skeleton Key" and

"The Thoughts of Jerry Garcia".

Skeleton Key is a bit like Trager's "American Book of the Dead" - everything covered alphabetically. Contains explanations of various "Deadspeaks" eg sbd = Soundboard (not silent but deadly as in 'fart') but worth a look.

Thoughts of Jerry Garcia is a very small booklet (close to a pamphlet) with just one Jerry one-liner on each page like: "What Jerry thinks of Bob Weir" - "xxxxxxxxxxxx". Handy for reading while on the loo (sorry for all the toilet references!) but no good for an in-depth read.